Damien from the blog http://gaywest.wordpress.com/ has kindly accepted to comment my last post about homosexuality.
I pointed out that God’s commands are by no means arbitrary and always exist for the sake of the well being of man. That’s why we ought to reject every prohibition which doesn’t contribute to the protection of the person and society but leads to frustration and suffering.
I’ve realized this is the case for commited homosexual relationships and consequently, I am for the abolishment of every political, societal and psychological discrimination against homosexuality in and of itself.
Damien sees himself as a Christian and naturally agrees with me, but would himself extend this reasoning further: one ought also to accept One Night Stands (ONS) and polygamy (which is also called „Polyamory“ in New Speak) since those are not detrimental.
This raises interesting philosophical and theological questions.
What defines what is right and what is wrong?
According to Hedonism, something is good if it maximizes one’s own pleasure and minimizes one’s own pain.
According to Utilitarism, something is good if it maximizes the pleasure of the whole humankind and minimizes the pain of the greatest number of people.
These are undoubtedly two very popular ethical theories in the Western world. However even if one accepts one of them I doubt that ONS and polyamory are beneficial for such goals.
But I reject both theories and think that they lead in quite a few situations to acts which appear to each one of us as devious.
As a Christian, I think that one of the main purposes of life consists of growing in one’s ability to give and receive love. This is also the conviction of many non-theistic worldviews.
And if one accepts this principle, it is obvious that it is much better and healthier to have sex within the frame of a commited relationship than piling up many sexual partners one after the other (ONS).
Polygamy has been many times practiced in the human past and leads to jaleousy and inustices. I don’t doubt that in some cases it can lead to real bonds and affections between the partners but humanly speaking, it seems to be pretty difficult to simultaneously love several partners.
So these were my thoughts on this topic and now I’d be extremely glad to receive the opinion of people from many perspectives.
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